Memphis, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media, Sound, Performance, Installation
Scott Carter (b. 1984, United States) is a Memphis based artist, whose work is influenced by the experience of living amongst mass produced materials, spaces and objects that are inherent in contemporary architecture and design. His work manifests as immersive installations and interactive objects that facilitate subtle shifts in value and attempt to redefine utility in relation to everyday experiences. His practice parallels contemporary discourse in art, design, architecture, and sound.
Scott received his MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 where he was the first recipient of the Eldon Danhausen Fellowship for Sculpture. He has participated in residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Crosstown Arts (Memphis, TN), Kohler Arts/Industry Program in Pottery (Kohler, WI), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and the Ox Bow School of Art (Saugatuck, MI). In addition, he is a recipient of the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2013) and the first place recipient of the Beers Contemporary Emerging Artist Award in Sculpture (2013).
Select solo shows include Counterpoint - Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN (2019); Velocity - Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL (2017); The Nature of Being - Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah, GA (2015); The Shape of Things - Beers Contemporary, London (2014); Disonar - Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL (2013) and Force Majeure - Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL (2012).
The connections between humans and the built environment interest me, serving as the primary source material for my work. I formulate thoughtful assessments of my environment, exploring connections between art, design and sound.
The physical development of my work is related to a tactile sense for materials. Through the process of examining materials and their function, I am interested in bestowing new value and subverting function. My practice often involves a re-purposing of materials ranging from drywall, carpet and fluorescent lights to used guitars, drum sets and electronic components. Metaphorically, these material transitions allow me to explore my interests in the way we experience culture, objects and physical environments.